Invention by Design has ratings and 20 reviews. Babak said: Henry Petroski’s previous bestsellers have delighted readers with intriguing stories about the. Buy Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing New Ed by Henry Petroski (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday. Henry Petroski is an American engineer with wide-ranging historical and sociocultural interests. He earned a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from.
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Invention by Design by Henry Invenion. Henry Petroski’s previous bestsellers have delighted readers with intriguing stories about the engineering marvels around us, from the lowly pencil to the soaring suspension inventtion. In this book, Petroski delves deeper into the mystery of invention, to explore what everyday artifacts and sophisticated networks can reveal about the way engineers solve problems.
Engineering e Henry Petroski’s previous bestsellers have delighted readers with intriguing stories about the engineering marvels around us, from the lowly pencil to the soaring suspension bridge. Engineering entails more than knowing the way things work. What do economics and ecology, aesthetics and ethics, have to do with the shape of a paper clip, the tab of a beverage can, the cabin design of a turbojet, or the course of a river? How do the idiosyncrasies of individual engineers, companies, and communities leave their mark on projects from Velcro R to fax machines to waterworks?
Invention by Design offers an insider’s look at these political and cultural dimensions of design and development, production and construction. Readers unfamiliar with engineering will find Petroski’s enthusiasm contagious, whether the topic is the genesis of the Ziploc baggie or desogn averted collapse of Manhattan’s sleekest skyscraper. And those who inhabit the world of engineering bh discover insights to challenge their customary perspective, whether their work involves failure analysis, systems design, or public relations.
Written with the flair that readers have come to expect from his books, Invention by Design reaffirms Petroski as the master explicator of the principles and processes that turn thoughts into the many things that define our made world. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends petros,i of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Invention by Designplease sign up. Am failing to download it.
See 1 question about Dssign by Hehry. Lists with This Book. Nov 19, Babak Ghadiri rated it it was amazing. Jul 14, Rick Sam rated it liked it Shelves: An excellent introductory book to Invention and Engineering.
Invention by Design
It seems fascinating to think, how simple a paper-clip could be iterated and had about patents. For every product, one could list the defects and then find a way to improvise it.
Petroski walks you through paper-clips, pencil-point, zippers, petrosko cans, facsimile, airplanes, water and society, bridges and buildings. Engineering comes into the context of political, social, economic context too.
He gives an example of SF bridge. My favorite chapter has been water and society. Worth giving a read to understand historical aspects of Engineering and invention –Deus Vult Gottfried Apr 12, David Dranchak rated it really liked it.
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Henry Petroski provides a holistic view of the invention process. Petroski does a decent job at acknowledging how complex the design and engineering process is, and why it is important to have a multidisciplinary approach. Petroski chooses nine different case studies to defend his thesis. May 05, Nitanshu Vishnoi rated it it was amazing.
This book is the crown jewel in my collection. The reader will truly get a “feel of engineering” in it. The author describe with fascination that how much scientific work has done for inventlon even smaller things like paper clip to be of best design and they still lack perfection. Then he moves to much complex things like bridges and airplanes.
He also explains that how politics is the major factor in any engineering project. It is wonderful read for an engineer as well as general pu Just Amazing! It is wonderful read for an engineer as well as ptroski public. Jun 26, Grant rated it liked it. It was nice to see the evolution of the design of the paper clip, bridges, etc.
However it would have been a lot better if it were more technically oriented than having the author simple tell us the absolute basics and moving on.
Dec 02, Jed rated it it was ok. An interesting topic to explore, but found this to be too superficial. And some of the examples he built chapters around d were positively painful. The chapter on airplanes was good and some insights into aluminum cans were amusing. The focus of the book is how engineers approach problems.
You will learn desifn about bridges and the distribution of forces, buildings that sway in the inventon and why pencils points break. And who knew that paperclips are so complicated and varied. Jul 02, Grace rated it it was amazing. Invention by Design started out as a random book that I picked up at a used bookstore. I don’t remember where, but obviously it was over a year ago because that’s when I started reading this.
I do remember that I picked it up and was immediately taken by the idea of engineering discussed in a different way: And that’s exactly what it is. Invention by Design takes you through the exploration of engineering methods from paper c Invention by Design started out as a random book that I picked up at a used bookstore.
Invention by Design takes you through the exploration of engineering methods from paper clips to aluminium cans, then explores further using such things as bridges to show the concept of politics and economics as important measures or skyscrapers as mini cities. Compared to a uni textbook, this is the way that you could introduce the topic to someone that isn’t already an engineering geek.
Honestly, I loved the way Petroski weaved history, engineering, and culture. It felt like story time every time I picked up the book, but the story lacked princesses and princes. Some kings, though, especially when talking about the more ancient parts of history. If you’re a history of science and technology person, this is a good book to dive into. Nov 03, Dino Keran rated it really liked it.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The writer has a good way of describing the history of design, I would have loved if the book had more engineering inside of it. Book is basically a history of certain items being developed with a small insights of how engineers should think. I have personally found the chapter about bridges to be too focused on the drama politics of building bridges and not the science you would need at least some basics of Statics.
Best part of the book was seeing how much types of paper clips have been “d The writer has a good way of describing the history of design, I would have loved if the book had more engineering inside of it. Best part of the book was seeing how much types of paper clips have been “designed” until we got where we are.
I have enjoyed a nice insight in necessity of failure in the chapter about Aluminum. Jan 01, Nik rated it it was amazing. As someone with a design background, I found myself drawn to the picture of engineers as world-shapers, builders. What I found most refreshing, in contrast to the story of architecture, there aren’t “Heros” of engineering.
Most of the world is built through the gradual improvement of many minds seeing a tiny way to improve something in the world. Jul 13, Sylvia McIvers rated it liked it Shelves: Fell off my shelf while I was getting something else.
Feb 22, William rated it really liked it Shelves: About invenhion good as it gets when it comes invenrion trying to understand ‘How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing’ as he puts it himself. You don’t have to be an engineer – just someone interested in how things get made.
Dec 04, Dena Burnett rated it it was ok. Not Petrozki’s best work. It gives a good overview of the design process for non-engineers. It oversimplifies it for engineers.
I learned a few new trivial things, but not enough for me to recommend it. Inventkon 17, Jennifer rated it really liked it. A recent choice in my book club. Never thought about the design of a paper clip. May 02, Kaushal rated it it was ok. Jul 13, Craig Cottingham rated it liked it. Mar 29, Lori Grant rated it it was amazing Shelves: A must-read book on product design for knowledge workers and entrepreneurs. Another great thought book by Henry Petroski.